Other Plays by Arthur Conan Doyle
Doyle, Arthur Conan (aka Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British playwright, physician, novelist, detective-story writer, poet, historian, spiritualist, translator, b. Edinburgh, Scotland, 1859-1930), “Waterloo,”
a 45-minute drama in English, set in a front room in a small house in Woolwich, England, June, 1881,
© 1894 by Arthur Conan Doyle;
• in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Waterloo, French’s international copyrighted edition of the Works of the Best Authors series, no. 123 (New York: Samuel French; London: Samuel French, Ltd., 1907), 19 pp., LCCN ca 33000391;
• also, in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Waterloo (Whitefish, Montana, U.S.A.: Kessinger Publishing Company, 2007), 24 pp., ISBN 9781432548957;
• formerly available in the catalog of Samuel French;
• script available from Kessinger Publishing Company;
• rights available in public domain.
Corporal Gregory Brewster (m), 76, “The Strangler”; Sergeant Archie McDonald, R.A. (m), __, _______; Colonel James Midwinter (m), __, Royal Scots Guards; Norah Brewster (f), __, the Corporal’s grandniece.
• Premiered at The Prince’s Theatre, Bristol, England, September 21, 1914;
• “As a playwright, Sherlock Holmes’ creator is a natural novelist, etching in character detail – old Gregory’s amazement at women travelling by train, his reliance on a few safe phrases as deafness leaves him convinced people talk softer nowadays. Against this, there’s clumsy construction, improbable soliloquy and awkward exposition of Corporal Brewster’s youthful daring. But there are finely-contrasted central performances. Freeman’s young Nora is fresh as the butter with which she replaces the rancid mix a careless carer’s left her granddad. And Tim Barlow’s mighty figure has the jagged self-containment of an old man living alone, for whom communication today is an irregularity and who only connects with yesteryear. One moment Barlow might seem on the brink of overacting, the next on the verge of actual death. Nervy and magisterial, he makes this old soldier who’s never died, waiting to join his heavenly muster, a memorable figure.” [Timothy Ramsden, Reviewsgate.com]”–Finborough Theatre, http://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/archive/archive_thewarplays.htm, accessed May 2, 2008.
• This play concerns Napoleon I, Emperor of the French (1769-1821), and the Battle of Waterloo, 1815, about which the following context is useful. "After the indecisive battle of Borodino (Sept. 7), Napoleon entered Moscow, but the winter and lack of supplies forced him to begin a disastrous retreatttiat became a rout after his troops crossed the BerezinaR. in late November. Napoleon left his army and hastened to Paris to prepare French defenses. Prussia quickly turned against France and was joined in a coalition by Britain, Sweden, and Austria. The allies defeated the emperor at Leipzig (Oct. 1813), pursued him into France, and took Paris (Mar. 1814). Napoleon abdicated (Apr. II, 1814) and was exiled to the island of Elba, which the allies gave him as a soverei~ principality. His victors were still deliberating at the Congress of Vienna when Napoleon landed at Cannes and marched on Paris. King Louis XVIII fled, and Napoleon ruled during the Hundred Days. He was defeated, however, in the Waterloo Campaign (June 12-18, 1815) and abdicated again. Sent as a prisoner of war to the lonely British island of Saint Helena, he died there of cancer on May 5, 1821. His remains wereretumed to Paris in 1840. Estimates of Napoleon's place in history differ widely. Beyond doubt one of the greatest conquerors of all time, he also promoted the growth of liberalism through his lasting administrative and legal reforms."-The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 3rd edition (New York: Columbia University Press. 1994), accessed February 6, 1998.
Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon (Napoleon Bonaparte, aka Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821), old soldier.